Originally established in 1939 as “Lukens & Rhoads” by Walter Rhoads and William Lukens, we began as a roadside stand selling tomatoes in North Wales, Pennsylvania. The business flourished leading to an eventual expansion in 1963, which included a nursery, bedding plants, and a retail area, creating a smaller version of what our store is today. In 1969, Lukens passed away, and Rhoads soon sought the help of his family to keep the business running. His sons, Tom and Dave, began working at the company, and in 1974 took over as President and Vice President of what then became known as The Rhoads Garden, Inc.
Growth continued in 1976 with the addition of a floral department, and in 1978 with the beginnings of our landscape design/build services. In 1985, the Rhoads brothers purchased a farm in Worcester, PA to begin propagation of large trees, nursery stock, and annual crops. By 1987, another major expansion to the retail property was necessary to include a full-scale garden center, gift shop, floral department, foliage house, retail greenhouse and nursery.
In 1992, Walter Rhoads passed away leaving behind his legacy of hard work, determination, excellence in customer service, and a love of plants. The third generation of Rhoads family members joined the business throughout the early 2000’s in various departments. In 2007, the company completed its third renovation project, nearly doubling the size of the floral and gift shops to the size they are today.
2014 marks the Rhoads Garden’s 75th anniversary. As co-founder Walter Rhoads said, “Our customers are the lifeblood of our business.” With that in mind, we are committed to offering only the highest quality floral arrangements, gifts, plants and trees. The exemplary customer service provided by our dedicated staff will assure you a pleasant and professional experience. We pride ourselves in “going the extra mile.” So come take a walk through the Rhoads Garden, and experience our beauty for yourself. Thanks for 75 years and here’s to growing each and every day.